The Team

Our editors are not only award-winning writers of novels and short stories – they’re also experienced Creative Writing teachers who have worked with new writers on BA, MA or PhD programmes, and have led many sell-out Creative Writing workshops, retreats and masterclasses. We have years of experience at both ends of the editorial process: we’ve worked closely with aspiring writers as they hone their work, and we’ve been through (and continue to go through) the editing process as writers, with some of the best editors in the UK, Ireland, US, Australia and beyond.  
Trevor Byrne authour and editor

Trevor Byrne

Co-Founder and Senior Editor



Trevor's debut novel, Ghosts & Lightning, was published to international critical acclaim, and was selected as a Book of the Year in the Guardian and the Irish Times. His short fiction has appeared in numerous anthologies, journals and magazines, including Silver Threads of Hope, the Manchester Review and the Dublin Review ('Mad For the Rain', which was also shortlisted for the William Trevor / Elizabeth Bowen International Short Story Prize). His long short story 'Go Down Sunday' was shortlisted for the 2014 Davy Byrnes Short Story Award


Trevor holds a degree in English and an M.Phil. in Creative Writing from the University of South Wales, where he lectured from 2006 to 2009. Since then, Trevor has led Creative Writing workshops at Faber Academy (London), The Irish Writers’ Centre (Dublin) and, with Roddy Doyle, John Boyne and others, at Fighting Words in Dublin. 

Trevor is nearing completion of his second novel. He was Writing Fellow at the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing in 2012, and in 2013 was Artist in Residence at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris.

For more, see Trevor's Amazon author page.

Trevor Byrne Ghosts And Lightning US edition
Trevor Byrne Ghosts And Lightning UK & Ireland
MJ Hyland author, editor, lecturer

M.J. Hyland

Co-Founder and Senior Editor



Winner of both the Encore Award (2006) and the Hawthornden Prize (2006), MJ Hyland was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize (2006), twice shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers' Prize (2004 and 2006), twice shortlisted for the BBC Short Story Award (2011 and 2012), twice longlisted for the Orange Prize (2004 and 2009), longlisted for the Dublin IMPAC International Prize for Fiction (2011), shortlisted for the inaugural William Hazlitt Essay Prize (2013) and longlisted for the EFG Sunday Times Short Story Award (2014).


The author of three critically acclaimed novels (How the Light Gets In, Carry Me Down, This Is How), Hyland has written for Granta, the Financial Times and the New Yorker, and lectures in the creative writing programme at the University of Manchester, alongside writers such as Martin Amis (2007-2010) Colm Toibin (2011-2012) and Jeanette Winterson (2013). She also provides regular film and TV reviews for BBC Radio 4's Front Row.

For more, see and Maria's Amazon author page.



Maria on teaching Creative Writing:

MJ Hyland This Is How
MJ Hyland How The Light Gets In
MJ Hyland Carry Me Down
Trevor Byrne NUI Maynooth
Silver Threads of Hope Irish Short Story Anthology
Best Music Writing Under the Australian Sun
Trevor on why we read (and write) novels:
"Until some neuroscientist cracks it, it's an open question. We're evolutionarily hardwired to look for patterns, for meaning; we crave narrative. This is a hindrance when unchecked but it's also an incredible gift. Fiction brings you to places, emotionally and imaginatively, which you never otherwise would have visited. The psychologist Steven Pinker wondered once that, maybe, fiction is a kind of empathy technology. I like that. In its construction I think fiction is a skilled dreaming, and the story we construct in and from the dream is presented as a subtle thesis: given this set of people and this set of circumstances, this will happen. It's a claim by the writer about the nature of some aspect of humanity, and that's no small thing. The audacity of that is arresting; if you stick with me for the whole story, then it's probably because you agree with me, you think, 'Yeah, that's how it is, you've told me the truth.' And the truth is powerful."

Click here to read the rest of 'Why do we read (and write) novels'?, a discussion at the University of Cambridge Festival of Ideas. The other participants were Dr Sarah Burton, the Director of Creative Writing Master of Studies Course, University of Cambridge; Dr Malachi McIntosh (a Fellow of King’s College, interested in representations of migrant and minority groups in contemporary Caribbean, British and American literature); and the literature consultant Helen Taylor.
Anneliese Mackintosh
Anneliese Mackintosh Any Other Mouth

Anneliese Mackintosh



Anneliese's short fiction has been published in the UK in The Best British Short Stories 2013, Edinburgh ReviewGutter and elsewhere, and in the US in Zygote in my CoffeeUp The Staircase QuarterlyCitizens For Decent Literature and others. Her debut short story collection, Any Other Mouth, was longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award and won the Green Carnation Prize.

Anneliese's stories and a radio play have been broadcast on BBC Radio Scotland and BBC Radio 4.  In 2012, Anneliese was shortlisted for the Bridport Prize, and won first prize in the Unbound Press Short Story Prize.

Anneliese is Consultant Editor at award-winning independent publisher Cargo, and has worked as a freelance editor for HarperCollins. She has led Creative Writing workshops at the Universities of Edinburgh, Strathclyde and Glasgow.



Anneliese on performance :

Call It Dog Marli Roode

Marli Roode



Marli Roode was born in South Africa in 1984 and moved to the UK when she was 17. After earning an MA in Philosophy and Literature, she worked as a freelance journalist in London before beginning work on her novel, Call It Dog, at Manchester University's Centre for New Writing.


Her short stories Second Degree and Spring Tide were published in the 2009 and 2010 Bristol Short Story Prize Anthologies; Pieces Green was shortlisted for the 2011 Bridport Prize. Call It Dog was published in 2013 and was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize. Marli is currently finishing work on her second novel.

Marli on fiction, theme and place :

Author Chris Killen

Chris Killen



Chris Killen is a graduate of the MA in Creative Writing program at the University of Manchester. His debut novel, The Bird Room (2009) has been translated into six languages. Chris's second novel, In Real Life, was published by Canongate in 2015.

Chris has published short fiction in over twenty anthologies and journals. In 2009 Chris was Writing Fellow at the University of Manchester's Centre for New Writing, where he taught fiction workshops and edited manuscripts for both undergraduate and postgraduate students.​

Chris Killen is also the co-writer and co-director of the feature film Wizard's Way, which won 'Best Comedy Feature' at the London Independent Film Festival 2012.

The Bird Room by Chris Killen
In Real Life by Chris Killen